Recovering Deleted Photos from a Memory Card

Yesterday I was asked if I could recover deleted photos from a memory card, some searching turned up Lexar Image Rescue 3 which works on both Mac OS X and Windows XP/Vista.

I also came across this TidBITS review titled “Recover Erased Photos from a Memory Card“.

Sitting with AT&T

A few weeks ago I was on a plane playing some games on my iPhone and when we landed the person next to me asked how I liked my iPhone. I said that I loved it but that I did not like AT&T. He asked why and I trotted out the usual things, lack of MMS, lack of tethering, poor 3G speeds, dropped calls, poor coverage, calls and voice mail coming in late (up to 12 hours late for me). He sniffed and told me that he worked for AT&T and ask if I had any idea how much they were subsidizing the iPhone. I guessed a number which I suspect was not far off the truth. I got the impression that he felt AT&T was doing us iPhone owners a favor with that and that criticism was not warranted. The conversation pretty much died there because it was time to get off the plane.

But there were a few other things that I should have said. I bought the original iPhone for $600 so I was not that subsidized, and I am now out of contract which means that my monthly payment includes whatever payback on the subsidy as a free money for AT&T. AT&T is in business to make money, if did not feel it could not make money from the iPhone then it should not carry it, I am sure other carriers would love to get their hands on the iPhone. AT&T had its best sales day ever when the iPhone 3GS was launched and will get payments for those phones for the duration of the contract.

Cutting the Cord

According to the Economist more and more people are cutting the cord in the United States:

IF YOU want to save money, cut the cord. In these difficult times ever more Americans are heeding this advice and dropping their telephone landlines in favour of mobile phones (see article). Despite some of the flakiest mobile-network coverage in the developed world, one in four households has now gone mobile-only. At current rates the last landline in America will be disconnected sometime in 2025.

I cut the cord about a year ago. I had kept a landline to make international calls (everything else went over the cell phone), but Skype, the AT&T cell phone international calling plan, and the incessant public information messages from the city tipped me over the edge.

Two things popped out at me from the above paragraph, the first is that 25% of households are mobile only, a much higher number than I expected, and that the trend will be complete in 2025, which is only 16 years away.

Given that DSL/ADSL speeds have not kept up with those provided by cable and fiber, there would seem to be little point in investing in copper phone lines anymore.

Boston MySQL User Group Meeting Videos

There is a MySQL User Group in the Boston area, which I keep meaning to attend but never get to go because of time pressures. So I was happy to see that they are making meeting videos available on YouTube.